Report: WR Jackson to play vs. Eagles

DeSean Jackson (11) catches a touchdown over New Orleans Saints cornerback Ken Crawley (20) during the fourth quarter.Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson is expected to play Sunday against the Eagles, according to a report by ESPN Saturday.

The report said Jackson is expected to clear the leagues concussion protocol in time to suit up against Philadelphia. Before getting cleared, Jackson must be cleared by an independent neurological consultant.

In Tampa Bays wild 48-40 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week One, he caught five passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He also left the game with a concussion and sustained a shoulder injury.

Jackson was concussed late in the fourth quarter when he hauled in a 35-yard pass and fell hard into the turf face-first while absorbing a hard hit from cornerback Ken Crawley.

This week Jackson missed Wednesdays padded practice. He took part in practices Thursday and Friday while still in the protocol.

If a player is progressing far enough in the protocol, he can practice only if there is not any contact. It is one of the final stages of clearing the five-step protocol.

Before the concussion, Jackson was enjoying his productive game since joining the Buccaneers before last season.

In his first season with Tampa Bay, he recorded 50 catches for 668 yards and three touchdowns. He spent his first six seasons with the Eagles and totaled 32 touchdowns from 2008 to 2013.

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